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VENDEE GLOBE NEWS- FOLLOW PROGRESS

Monday December 8th, 2008
ImageFrenchman Jean-Pierre Dick remains in first position, 43miles ahead of Roland Jourdain who has moved into second place, with only ten miles between Jourdain, Loick Petron and Mike Golding. Seb Jose now lies in third place after moving south and losing 18miles overnight. Michel Desjoyeaux is now in sixth place after once again being the quickest sailor overnight.

Those further back in the race are struggling with much lighter winds with chasing pack leader Dominique Wavre losing 80miles in 24hrs. Others to be badly effected by the high-pressure system include Brian Thompson, who has lost about 60miles and Sam Davies who has lost 40. Most are optimistic that the weather system will be relatively short.

On the technical side, Unai Bazurko has developed problems with his boat, Pakea Bizkaia. He has been forced to change to a North Easterly course towards the lighter winds around St. Helena after suffering damage to his starboard rudder cassette. There he will be better equipped to survey the extent of the damage and decide if he can carry out the necessary repairs himself. It is unknown how the damage occurred.


VENDEE GLOBE ENTRANTS
Dee Caffari (Aviva)
Sébastien Josse (BT)
Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) (EXTENSIVE DAMAGE OUT OF RACE)
Mike Golding (Ecover 3)
Derek Hatfield Algimouss-Spirit of Canada
Loïck Peyron (Gitana Eighty) (DISMASTED OUT OF RACE)
Marc Guillemot (Safran)
Yann Eliès (Generali)
Jean Pierre Dick (Paprec-Virbac 2)
Jérémie Beyou (Deta Dore)
Raphaël Dinelli (Fondation Ocean Vital)
Marc Thiercelin (DCNS) (OUT OF RACE)
Vincent Riou (PRB)
Jean Le Cam (VM Matériaux)
Jonny Malbon (Artemis)
Brian Thompson (Bahrain Team Pindar)
Armel Le Cléac’h (Brit Air)
Jean Baptiste Dejeanty (Maisonneuve)
Dominique Wavre (Temenos II)
Bernard Stamm (Cheminées Poujoulat)
Steve White (Toe in the water)
Unai Basurko (Pakea Bizkaia)
Arnaud Boissières (Akena Vérandas)
Norbert Sedlacek (Nauticsport-Kapsch)
Rich Wilson (Great American III)
Samantha Davies (Roxy)
Yannick Bestaven (Aquarelle.com) (OUT OF RACE)
Michel Desjoyeaux (Foncia)
Kito de Pavant (Groupe Bel) (DISMASTED OUT OF RACE)
Roland Jourdain (Veolia Environnement)
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